Antique Lady's Rosewood & Marquetry Cylinder Bureau C.1880

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Antique Lady's Rosewood & Marquetry Cylinder Bureau C.1880

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A superb late Victorian rosewood and marquetry cylinder front desk, circa 1880.

The retractable cylinder enclosing a fitted interior with a pull out writing surface over a full width drawer with the original elegant brass handles. It is raised on square, tapered legs that terminate in brass castors.

With �delightful marquetry of garlands, ribbons and flowers, complimented with satinwood line inlay.

With working lock and original key.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and repolished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 99 x Width 76 x Depth 50

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 2 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

osewood
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, Andr�-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (�b�nistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
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Width: 76.0 cm
Height: 99.0 cm
Depth: 50.0 cm

Estimated Time: Less than one week

Free UK Mainland delivery.

This item will be shipped from London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
If you want to save on delivery costs, this item is available for collection.
We offer a 14-day return policy. Please check our conditions.

Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Date of Manufacture: 1880

Period: 19th Century

Style: Antique

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

This seller is VAT registered.

SKU: 52611422

A superb late Victorian rosewood and marquetry cylinder front desk, circa 1880.

The retractable cylinder enclosing a fitted interior with a pull out writing surface over a full width drawer with the original elegant brass handles. It is raised on square, tapered legs that terminate in brass castors.

With �delightful marquetry of garlands, ribbons and flowers, complimented with satinwood line inlay.

With working lock and original key.

Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and repolished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 99 x Width 76 x Depth 50

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 3 inches x Width 2 feet, 6 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

osewood
is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.

The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.

Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, Andr�-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (�b�nistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing shell and brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.
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Width: 76.0 cm
Height: 99.0 cm
Depth: 50.0 cm

Estimated Time: Less than one week

Free UK Mainland delivery.

This item will be shipped from London, United Kingdom.
If you want to save on delivery costs, this item is available for collection.
We offer a 14-day return policy. Please check our conditions.

Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Date of Manufacture: 1880

Period: 19th Century

Style: Antique

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

This seller is VAT registered.